As per different reports, Facebook has plans to dabble into the smartwatch market. The social media giant is reportedly working on a smartwatch that it plans to sell next year. According to the Information, the smartwatch that Facebook is building will be an Android-based smartwatch. However, we are not clear whether this smartphone will use its own operating system or rely on Google’s Wear OS to run the show.
The report goes on to say that the Facebook smartwatch will have loaded with health and fitness features. Now, this is not something unusual and the unique feature that the smartwatch could come with is the ability to send messages from the watch directly. As things stand now, this feature is not seen in any of the smartwatches. Hence, if we go by the reports, Facebook could start selling the smartwatch next year.
The companies have not implemented this feature despite launching smartwatches with huge screens. As far as the hardware is concerned, Facebook had previously developed Oculus virtual reality headsets and Portal video chat devices.
Not only this watch, Facebook is also working on Ray-Ban smart glasses and an augmented reality research initiative known as Project Aria. Tight company has over 6000 employees that are working on its augmented reality project. Facebook has neither confirmed nor declined the news.
This was all about Facebook’s hardware projects. We now speak about the software and as per reports, Facebook is working on an app that is similar to Clubhouse. Interestingly, the news of Facebook building an app surfaced six days after CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg joined Clubhouse.
A New York Times report has already said that Facebook has asked its product team to come up with an app similar to Clubhouse. The app is in its early stages of development. “We’ve been connecting people through audio and video technologies for many years and are always exploring new ways to improve that experience for people,” Emilie Haskell, a Facebook spokesperson told The NYT.